“Nice to see you again,” I smiled as I ushered him into the consulting room.
“How can I help you?” I asked after we sat down.
“Well, I thought about what you said about HIV and Hepatitis,” he paused. “I would like to do the test, if that’s okay.”
“Yes of course,” I replied, pleased. “May I ask what has influenced your decision to do the test,” I asked as I reached for my tourniquet and sample bottle.
“It’s better to find out, isn’t it? Besides I haven’t been feeling very well for some time.”
“How do you mean?”
“I have a sore throat which won’t go away. I have also been feeling tired all the time even when I have been resting. And I have some lumps in my armpit,” he reached under his arms.
“I would like to ask you a few questions to further determine your risk and ensure that I do the appropriate test.”
“Have you ever injected drugs in the past?”
“No! …well, actually just once when I was in the University, years ago. I was messing about with some friends and they convinced me to try out some heroin… that can’t cause HIV can it?”
Do you know what the early symptoms of HIV or Hepatitis are?
What warning signs would you look out for?
In the UK, 29% of black African heterosexual men living with HIV do not know they have the virus.